Avoiding Nuclear War: Why Kim Jong-Un’s Strategy Makes Sense — Federico Pieraccini| Strategic Culture Foundation

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(Related: North Korea: Fire, Fury and Fear by Pepe Escobar | Information Clearing House)

Avoiding Nuclear War: Why Kim Jong-Un’s Strategy Makes Sense

FEDERICO PIERACCINI | 11.08.2017 | WORLD

Looking at the recent North Korean testing of two intercontinental missiles, it may seem that Pyongyang wishes to increase tensions in the region. A more careful analysis, however, shows how the DPRK is implementing a strategy that will likely succeed in averting a disastrous war on the peninsula.

In the last four weeks, North Korea seems to have implemented the second phase of its strategy against South Korea, China and the United States. The North Korean nuclear program seems to have reached an important juncture, with two tests carried out at the beginning and end of July. Both missiles seem capable of hitting the American mainland, although doubts still remain over Pyongyang’s ability to…

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